‘Black Mirror’ Season 3 Episode Penned by Rashida Jones

Netflix has announced the Black Mirror season 3 release date, with the next season of the dark sci-fi anthology launching on the streaming platform on October 21, and Rashida Jones and Mike Schur having co-written one of its episodes.

Premiered on Channel 4 back in 2011, Black Mirror steadily built an international audience after its debut, with Netflix outbidding the UK broadcaster for the rights to host the show in its third season. Speaking of the deal, creator Charlie Brooker said: “Netflix connects us with a global audience so that we can create bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before, whilst maintaining that Black Mirror feel. I just hope none of these new story ideas come true.”

Black Mirror also made headlines last year following the highly publicised claim that, as part of a university ritual, former Prime Minister David Cameron had placed his penis in the mouth of a dead pig. In the first ever episode of Black Mirror, a terrorist situation was depicted in which the Prime Minister was ordered to have sex with a pig in order to save a member of the Royal Family. Brooker addressed the similarities between the real world and the show, telling Variety: “This year is free publicity for our show. People are always coming up to me and saying ‘That’s a bit Black Mirror’,’ [with] the situation we’re finding ourselves in across the globe. I don’t think there’s anything where we thought we should’ve gone further.”

Brooker revealed how the collaboration between Parks and Recreation star Jones and Brooklyn Nine-Nine executive producer Schlur came about, adding: “It turned out they were fans of the show, and the feelings were mutual.” Their episode stars Bryce Dallas Howard and will be directed by Joe Wright. 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg also wrote another episode, which is based upon video games.

Black Mirror season 3 will run for six episodes, with each episode telling a self-contained story.